Lightning storms are expected to hit in HOURS, according to the Met Office.
Just one day after its initial “severe heat” warning expired, the Met Office issued a weather warning for lightning storms.
A cluster of lightning storms will travel over the UK in a matter of hours, according to the Met Office. Three warnings have been issued for the United Kingdom, two for England and Wales and one for Northern Ireland. They encapsulate the potentially catastrophic consequences of the recent summer heatwave.
According to the Met Office, Northern Ireland will see high temperatures, followed by thunderstorms and wind in England and Wales.
The wind warning will go into effect at 3 p.m. and will stay for nine hours, until 11.59 p.m.
People in two regions, London and South East England and South West England, are expected to be affected, according to forecasters.
The thunderstorm warning is significantly broader, and it extends from 8 p.m. tonight to midnight tomorrow.
“Strong, gusty east to northeasterly winds” with gusts of 45 to 55 mph are expected in the following places, according to the Met Office:
The later lightning and thunder warning will go into effect this evening, potentially bringing a slew of potentially deadly conditions to England and Wales.
People in six locations throughout the country may see “heavy rain and thunderstorms” moving west this evening, according to the yellow notice.
In some regions, these systems are expected to deliver “frequent lightning, possibly huge hail and strong gusts,” as well as “torrential rains.”
The warning says that 25 to 35mm (1 to 1.5 inches) of rain might fall “within an hour,” posing a serious threat of flooding.
“Further slow-moving thunderstorms will develop by Saturday afternoon across southern counties of England, diminishing only slowly during the evening,” the rest of the statement states.
“Not all areas are affected, but where they do occur, there is a renewed potential of severe rain and flooding, with some areas receiving 30 to 50 mm in an hour or two.
“Additional risks could include lightning, huge hail, and locally strong winds.”
Flooding, travel delays, and power outages are all possible, according to the alert.
The thunderstorm warning covers the following areas: